Ascent of Silver Peak - Northeast Summit on 2016-09-03

Climber: Marcus Sierra

Date:Saturday, September 3, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Silver Peak - Northeast Summit
    Elevation:10800 ft / 3291 m

Ascent Trip Report

Kyle and I started from Noble Canyon, taking the gentle trail for a little over 2 miles until it was time to get serious and head uphill. The uphill portion was first through trees which was easy, then low brush which typically had cuts through it that were not too difficult to weave through. Above that, however, was some taller, thicker brush that was really tough to get through, made especially so because of the steepness of the slope. Getting our legs above the height of the brush was not possible so we had to just power through.

We left the bad brush behind at around 8800 feet, at which point we were back in the lighter brush as we followed the ridgeline we spent a fair amount of time on rock, ascending some class 2/3 outcrops to stay on the ridge, which broke up the monotony of the steep slope and was actually fun. All this led up to the ridge connecting Highland and Silver at 10,200 feet. From there, we started up the rocks to the false summit, then down maybe 30 feet then up to the real summit of the OGUL listed Silver Peak (SW Summit, the lower summit of Silver). We only spent a couple of minutes on top since we were going over to the WSC listed higher summit about a quarter mile away where we planned to rest a bit. The descent off SW Silver was a bit challenging and steep, but not too long. Then it was a very easy walk up to the higher northern summit. The trip between summits took 20 minutes.

About half the entries in the register in the northern summit mentioned coming from Wolf Creek which is probably the better way to go, especially if just going for the northern summit. It took us 4:15 to reach this second summit. We stayed on top for 20 minutes, then skirted around the lower south summit, then took essentially the same route back down. Once back on the trail we came within about 150 feet of 1 really large bear and another bear that we couldn't get a good look at. We saw the large bear first and stopped to watch as it kept plodding towards us before it finally saw us and then ran the other way. Total trip time including summit breaks was just under 8 hours.
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